In spite of what the Farmers’ Almanac and Punxsutawney Phil predicted about the rest of this winter, in my mind it’s time to start thinking about spring and all of the newborn animals scheduled to arrive at the farm. My four-legged moms are expecting baby pigs, calves, lambs, donkeys – and I am pretty close to setting the year’s first batch of fertile eggs in an incubator. The good folks at Manna Pro are also celebrating the season, (and giving away some substantial prizes) with the Baby Your Babies Photo Contest and accompanying educational webinar series.
Manna Pro produces high-quality animal nutrition and care products for a broad range of species – its product lines are perfect for smaller lifestyle farms and rural enthusiasts who raise their animals for reasons beyond just making a profit. I’ve used Manna Pro’s Calf Manna and various milk replacer products for several decades and they work.
“Our consumers consider their animals to be more like pets or family members than just livestock,” says Manna Pro Marketing Director Jennifer Hojnacki. “They want to know as much as possible about keeping their animals healthy, and they are like proud ‘parents’ when their animals have new babies. The Baby Your Babies promotion gives them a way to learn about important nutrition issues – and also a way to share their new arrivals with the larger farming community.”
The Manna Pro Baby Your Babies Photo Contest runs through May 31, 2010. The 3-part Baby Your Babies webinar series runs on consecutive Tuesdays beginning on February 9. Each webinar will be conducted by Manna Pro’s Vice President of Nutrition, Dr. Rob McCoy, PhD. The first Manna Pro Baby Your Babies webinar will cover Preparing for Newborn Animals. Subsequent Manna Pro Baby Your Babies webinar topics will be Feeding Milk Replacers… Why, When and How and Transitioning to Dry Feed.
Each 30-minute Manna Pro Baby Your Babies webinar will begin at 4:30pm CST on the date it is held. People who wish to participate in any or all of the webinars may sign up online by visiting Manna Pro's Website, and clicking on the link for the webinar(s) they are interested in. Web site participants will receive a $5 coupon good for Manna Pro products for each webinar they attend and can sign up to receive a free issue of GRIT magazine.
There is a limit to the number of webinar participants, so get signed up soon if you plan to participate.
Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on Google+.